Tasting Notes for MAXIMUM SATISFACTION

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Red
12/14/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
95 points
Easily the lightest and more delicately colored Barolo I’ve had. Texturally it’s also delicate but also packed with structure and acid. Fresh strawberry and pine sing on the nose. The palate remains tart and in need of 10 plus years. Still some light red fruit and minerals come through.
Red
12/14/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
95 points
Ready to go right from the start with only very fine grained tannins. Ripe black fruit, spearmint, cassis, vanilla and eucalyptus. Likely peaking but has 5 or so more years in the tank.
Red
12/13/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
96 points
Not as structured as the 15 or 16. Still it’s very good right from the start and even better with time. Smooth tannins lead into sweet red fruit, reduced black fruit, orange blossom, and soy sauce. This is ripe, luxurious, and very open at present. What’s not to like.
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Red
2016 Tuck Beckstoffer Amulet St. Helena Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/13/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
94 points
Opened in the bottle for 2-3 hours. Not the most structured wine but enough stuffing here to keep it more than interesting (Also it goes down way too easy). Ripe red fruit, cassis liqueur, dusty earth and earthy truffles. On its own great but when drank next to Mockingbird it’s an obvious second. Give it 2-3 more years to really shine. Glad I bought a few.
Red
12/13/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
92 points
As always this is high quality for the price. More easy going than prior years (and also 15). Sweet red fruit, cool black fruit, damp earth, leather, and truffle. Softer structure and ready to drink in the near term.
Red
12/13/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
85 points
I always really like La Source but the quality difference between this and that is wide. Alcohol is exposed on the nose and front palate. The mid section and finish are dominated by artificial sugar and red fruit. Drinks like a decent $10 bottle. Had no interest in finishing it.
Red
12/11/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
90 points
Same as in past years. This stuff is designed to be a cocktail versus serious wine. From that perspective it’s a success and a crowd pleaser. It’s not the kind of stuff to load up on and age even 1-2 years.
Red
12/9/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
93 points
Very young and more than borderline hot. Still there’s good stuff behind that mess. Sweet red fruit fruit driven with kirsch, vanilla extract, dried herbs and scorched earth. Give it 2-3 years.
Red
2017 Saxum Gratias Paso Robles Red Blend (view label images)
12/8/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
95 points
Definitely agree this is Saxum light or even Saxum Beaujolais night one. On night two is totally fattened up with the Grenache really shining through. Sweet/syrupy red fruit, vanilla extract, game, anise, and clove. Texturally less dense than typical Saxum but flavor wise it packs an almost equal punch. Like always the fruit remains very clean and precise. A more than generous gift to their customers from Justin and family.
Red
12/6/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
94 points
Again this wine over delivers for the price (if you like flashy ripe Napa Cabernet). On par with the 2016 but more accessible and slightly less dense. Ripe red fruit driven with oak, milk chocolate and mixed berry liqueurs. Chalky cassis and smooth tannins round out the finish. Should have bought more.
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Red
12/6/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
91 points
Borderline Larkmead in style but more full bodied. Stewed black fruit, barnyard, damp soil and bay leaves dominate. An almost burnt espresso and scorched earth quality then resonate through the entire palate. Accessible but tannins still sharply grip on the finish. Likely some upside here but lacking freshness.
Red
12/5/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
93 points
Very earthy and borderline rustic night one. On the second night some nice ripeness begins to emerge and complement the earthiness. Overall not my favorite style but nice elements of dusty cassis, graphite and mint add depth. Needs time to come around.
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Red
12/5/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
94 points
Flashy, ultra ripe and undeniably sweet but still enough complexity to give it lift. Not much to complain about if this is the style you’re looking for. Ready to go immediately.
Red
12/3/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
97 points
Immediately ready without decant. Ultra luxurious and smooth with no sharp edges. Viscous helpings of cassis, milk chocolate, and liqueur like fruit that somehow maintains precision. Not sure how this will age long term as it seems open for business now with only a few missed notes (likely better in another year).
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White - Sparkling
12/2/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
93 points
Not far off the Cuvée Reserve but more complex and heavier oak influence. Chalky minerals, vanilla, lemon, pear and green apple. Definitely plenty of acidity that needs time to work out.
White - Sparkling
12/2/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
90 points
Nice enough entry level grower. Palate is a mix of toast and lemon with some red apple coming into play. Tiny persistent bubbles is a great descriptor below. Jan 2019 disgorge and 2016 base.
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Red
12/1/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
98 points
Same note as back in September. This is ready to go right away (no decant or wait necessary). Ripe yet elegant with a perfect streak of mineral and mint running through the center. Continues to evolve and change over the course of a few hours. Texturally there is a lot of sediment both suspended fine grained and thick bottom of glass. My preference would be towards cleaner and that may be the only thing preventing this from being 100 points.
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White - Sparkling
12/1/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
92 points
January 2019 disgorge. Seemingly a decent amount of dosage here. Chalky minerals, sweet lemon bar, and melon. Energetic and firm front/finish with a creamy center. No complaints.
Red
12/1/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
95 points
Drinking in the perfect spot right now. Fruit is ripe yet refined. Likely has 5 plus years to go.
Red
12/1/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
94 points
Very fruity and sweet though not overly extracted (as I was expecting). The nose and palate lean more towards the sharply focused strawberry spectrum of red fruit. There is definitely something here that elevates it over most.
Red
12/1/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
96 points
Decanted for 3-5 hours. Initially this started out closed with the fruit buried behind layers of peppery alcohol. Eventually the fruit came through but remained on the bright side. Still warm and inviting on the palate with complements of coffee, violets, vanilla, and spice. Easily needs 5 years more. More refined and dialed in than say Saxum or modern Châteauneuf.
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Red
11/29/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
93 points
Drank from a magnum open 2-4 hours. Cork was completely soaked through and crumbling. Nice enough but very alcoholic and harsh. Warm red fruit centric.
Red
11/29/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
94 points
Has evolved nicely in 2 years. Ripe blue fruit offset by dusty red and chalky cassis. Still a baby with plenty of years to go before peaking. Quick splash decant and not lasting for long at the table.
White
11/29/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
95 points
Opened in the bottle for 2-3 hours continuing to evolve for the better. Viscous, oily and waxy but still very pure and fresh. Floral elements dominate with sweet complements of juicy pears, apricots and honey. Slightly vegetal but not enough to detract. Has time left.
Red
11/29/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
95 points
Took about 3-4 hours in bottle to open up. Rustic yet ripe dark fruit with a serious mineral streak running through it. Has time left but I’d drink these.
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Red
11/28/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
93 points
Opened in the bottle for 4-5 hours. Miniature cork, opaque coloration but surprisingly full bodied. Some heat and pruned with beautiful accents of tobacco, sweet red fruit, glycerin, vanilla extract, sage.... Very complex and still needing time to mellow out.
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Red
11/28/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
96 points
Opened in the bottle for 4-5 hours. Glass staining plus. Very massive with lush layers dark cherry, smoke meat, milk chocolate and violets. Ridiculously dense. Needs time or a long decant.
Red
11/28/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
96 points
Drank from a magnum that was open all day. Just kept getting better until it was finished. Dark brooding almost candied fruit, smoke, violets, black pepper, minerals and milk chocolate. Likely needs a few more years to come around. Surprised me how good this was.
White - Sparkling
11/28/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
93 points
2017 disgorgement and 2011 base. Bordering on the sweet side with sharp acidity restraining it. Ready to drink now in my opinion. Bubbles dry out quickly.
Red
2005 Vérité La Muse Sonoma County Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/28/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
92 points
Started off in the decanted with Bordeaux like elegance with a touch of California ripeness. Over a couple of hours the fruit turned green with a distinct confectioners sugar note (think Cayuse Camaspeslo). Either time to drink up or give it time. Still plenty of structure but the intensity definitely fades with time.
Rosé - Sparkling
11/28/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
91 points
Huge frothy head with a very unique neon pink coloring. Palate wise it’s slightly candied but far from sweet and more musty and reductive.
Red
11/26/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
93 points
Opened in the bottle for 4-5 hours. Classily styled but just not getting the structure or flair to fully elevate it. Cherries, plums, dried herbs, mint, olive brine, and damp earth. Texturally dense but still medium bodied. Yes it reminds me of a California take on Bordeaux but doesn’t have the same tannic structure. Very nice still for drinking it this early. Plenty of upside.
White - Sparkling
11/24/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
87 points
Tart abs acidic with some harsh alcohol showing it’s face. Drinks like a $20 Cremant not a $45 Champagne.
Red
11/23/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
93 points
Opened in the bottle for 3-5 hours. Not as precise or structured as the 2013 with the fruit leaning more warm/candied red vs cool dark. Still classically styled plus some additional heft. Cherry syrup, anise, slight eucalyptus, milk chocolate and sweet cassis. Alcohol/sharpness and confectioners sugar poke out on the edges . Still it’s nice and seemingly in a good drinking window.
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White
11/23/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
95 points
If this is how good the 2018 appellation Chardonnays are I can’t even imagine how great the single vineyards will be. Creamy, toasty, salty...everything you’d want from a Russian River Chardonnay. Both savory and crisp. More open for business that the Sonoma Coast was in prior years at release.
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White
11/22/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
92 points
In line with other years and always remarkably consistent. Creamy lemon, vanilla bean, syrupy tropical fruit, banana, and orange blossom. The fruit seems more precise than past years with the oak present but dialed back. Needs about 2 hours open in the bottle to opened up. Very easy to like.
Red
11/21/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
95 points
Opened in the bottle for 3-4 hours. Smooth from the beginning and not getting any heat/alcohol. Still it’s big/extracted with liquid smoke, bacon fat, vanilla, coconut cream, and syrupy black fruit. Heavy and modern but nice fresh touches of iodine and violets provide lift. Texturally this is as creamy and opulent as Syrah can be before spoofing. Well made with the best years at least 5 years away.
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White
11/16/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
96 points
Drank from a magnum over the course of an entire day. Still incredibly young and restrained but showing some nice finesse. Less opulent, more mineral driven and almost Burgundian in style than other Aubert’s I’ve had. Still there’s a healthy helpings of sweet and creamy tropical fruit, citrus, vanilla and a touch of ginger. Needs time to fatten up on the finish but it’s obviously really nice and drinkable now.
Red
2015 Realm Cellars The Tempest Napa Valley Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/16/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
96 points
Opened in the bottle a few hours and drank over the night. I actually really liked this and it’s surprisingly more dynamic than my last time. The Merlot centric blend gives this a more plush and round feel on the palate versus the other Realm blends. The fruit here is very ripe and sweet stylistically falling in line. A damp earth quality backs the fruit keeping its flashiness in check. Still not quite in the drinking window but this would be hard to resist if I had more.

Tannins and sharpness began settling at hr 3.
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Red
2017 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
11/15/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
94 points
Opened I the bottle 5 hours. This continues down the path of the previous 4-5 years with stylistically more restrained, interesting and less extracted wines. Enjoyable now but still incredibly/painfully primal. The meatiness and smoke of the Syrah really come through here with blue/black fruit emerging in the background. Lavender, iodine, river rocks and dried herbs also faintly begin to show. Needs 5 plus years plus.
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Red
11/14/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
95 points
Opened in the bottle for 2-4 hours. I very much so like this style. Ripe dark fruit and sweet cassis brood up front with classic elements of forest floor, eucalyptus, bitter sweet chocolate and minerals echoing. Texturally it’s chalky and primal. Drinking well now but the alcohol does poke out and really needs a few years. Side note is there is quite a bit of extremely fine grained sediment in each glass.
Red
11/13/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
94 points
Opened in the bottle for 3-4 hours. Definitely an interesting only in Paso blend. Dark fruit centric with a really fresh cooling mineral element running through the center. A nice smoked earth quality from the Syrah adds depth while the Cabernet provides some nice sweetness and tannin/structure. Can’t pull out the Tannat other than adding density and color. As expected it’s approachable and really good. Heavy but in Torrin style elegant and fresh. Might need another year or so to really come together.
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White
11/10/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
90 points
Very well made but a tough sell for the price. Light almost white/yellow coloration leads into a palate of crisp citrus, melon, green apple and vanilla. A good amount of ammonia floats on the edges. Likely needs time to gain depth but not much going on here after 3-5 hours open.
Red
11/9/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
92 points
Very unique. Blind I would have guessed white, orange wine or even an Aperol Spritz. Nose and palate are dominated by orange blossom, candied citrus, and vanilla. The only thing that suggests Barolo are the ridiculously firm tannins. That said I don’t hate it, just not sure what to make if it.
Red
11/9/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
95 points
Stylistically in line with pretty much all Myriad wines. ultra ripe and extracted fruit front and center. Cassis, vanilla, anise, cake batter, syrupy cherry, blueberry, and oak behind that. Possibly more minerals than any other bottling giving it a unique freshness. Needs time but stylistically I like to drink these young as they are sweet and not too sharp.
Red
11/9/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
96 points
This needs time. Initially hot, choppy and alcoholic. After 3 hours open that mellowed and actually transformed into something pretty elegant. Dark brooding black fruit, clove, nutmeg, and tobacco upfront. A slight bit of game and a whole lot of minerals finish it off. It’s wound so tightly the midsection has completely vanished. Not as immediate as other vintages and in need of 5 years. Primal but so good.
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Red
11/7/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
90 points
Tart red fruit, bitter greens, smoke, iodine, and a distinct note of newly opened bandaids. I would have guessed this to be something like Commando G. On the plus side it has a very nice/unique nose of freshly cut wild herbs and weeds. Given time (2-4) hours it grows on you but still remains odd.
Red
11/4/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
85 points
This has aged terribly in only 1 year. Even more spoofed than it was before. Like drinking chocolate syrup mixed with cassis liqueur. No structure whatsoever and no food pairing that could possibly work.
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Red
11/2/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
95 points
Opened in the bottle for 2-4 hours. Medium plus bodied and much less full throttle than I was expecting (especially drinking after 17 Myriad Elysian). More red fruit leaning with a distinct herbal and tobacco element to it. Still a good amount of extraction with a liqueur like quality looming in the background. No harsh tannins or choppiness to speak of. Give it 5 plus years.
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White
11/2/2019 - MAXIMUM SATISFACTION wrote:
96 points
This still delivers (especially closer to room temperature). Caramel, guava, lemon, saline, roasted nuts and brioche. Somehow simultaneously over the top and lean. Likely not at peak yet so I’d hold another 2-3 years.
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